Getting The Pests Under Control In Austin

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Archive For: September 2012

Category Name: pest control

Being in a subtropical climate makes Austin an ideal place for insects and rodents, meaning there is a need for pest control.  Austin has insects such as silverfish, roaches, termites, lice, fleas, ants, fire ants, spiders and moths can damage your home or property.  Termites can do your home the greatest harm because they eat wood, weakening it until, if left untreated, it needs to be replaced.  Walls, floors, and roofing are all mostly wood in Texas homes, and as such susceptible to termite infestation.  Termites can easily be controlled, but left unprotected, your home can be seriously damaged by termites, and in many cases you cannot see or hear them.  Carpenter ants can also damage homes as they burrow into wood and weaken structures.  Carpenter ants can be found in siding, joists, beams, and wood shingles, where they can do considerable damage.  There are many firms in Austin that offer pest control.

Austin also has a rodent called a roof rat.  While most mice and rats live close to the ground, roof rats prefer the penthouse, living in the rafters of your home.  The most frequent evidence of mice or roof rats is the droppings that they leave behind.  A female roof rat can have three litters a year, with each litter numbering 5 to 8 young rats.  Being nocturnal, you won’t see much of roof rats in the day unless you disturb them.  Roof rats are most active between midnight and 4 AM.  Talk about your party creatures, roof rats live in the penthouse and move around mostly at night.  Roof rats will eat almost anything, as well as chew in your wiring.  Besides damaging your home, roof rats can spread diseases like typhus and ratbite fever.   If you see any droppings that look like roof rat droppings, or brown stains on your walls, you should call a firm that offers pest control.  Austin also has fire ants, which are aggressive when threatened.  Fire ants can sting, causing allergic reactions in some people, and leaving human skin irritated.  The most aggressive fire ant is the fire ant that came from South America, which came into the U.S. via Mobile, Alabama in the 1930s. Because of their aggressive nature, fire ants should be strong motivator to contact a firm that offers pest control.

Austin also has bedbugs that are becoming resurgent in America. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of dogs, cats, and even mice, but they strongly prefer human blood.   Bedbugs prefer to wander at night, but they are sometimes active during the day, since they will always take the opportunity to feast on a human.  Bedbugs like to squeeze into cracks and crevices, hiding in the day and then coming out at night to bite their victims.  Bedbugs are carried in the luggage and clothing of unaware travelers, hotels being the prime contact point for infestation.  As with many insects, when crushed, bedbugs produce a foul odor.  There is also a bedbug alarm pheromone, which is a chemical that they secrete when disturbed or threatened.

Don’t Let Those Austin Bed Bugs Bite!

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Archive For: September 2012

Category Name: bed bugs

As a child, my parents would tuck me in tight at night and tell me not to let the bed bugs bite. And when I was really young, this worked! I believed that if I ventured out from beneath the covers, that tiny creatures hiding in the darkness would gnaw at my flesh. Of course with maturity, I realized the extent of their manipulation and that it was all part of an effective strategy designed to scare me into staying in bed and out of their hair. However, as national news stories have recently reported, particularly in Austin bed bugs are indeed real world monsters, infesting hotels and homes throughout our cities and neighborhoods and they do in fact dwell primarily where we lay our heads to sleep.

What is a Bed Bug?

Bed bugs are reddish brown insects that are approximately the size of an apple seed. They are parasitic and feed solely on the blood of warm blooded humans and animals. Bed bugs are primarily active at night and nourish on their hosts undetectably. While neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have raised bed bugs to the threat level of other disease carrying pests, their bites do cause discomfort and irritation. Symptoms include allergic conditions, such as skin rashes as well as physiological effects. Texas has had an epidemic of bed bugs, ranking as the seventh worst state with reported cases. In Austin bed bugs have been especially troublesome specifically in apartment complexes. In these units, which typically house many families, one lone bed bug incidence can turn into a full-blown, property wide outbreak.

How to Free Your Home of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs were for all intents and purposes eradicated in the United States due to the effectiveness of powerful insecticides such as DDT. But with globalization, where visitors and goods are regularly coming in from countries where bed bugs had not been treated, the United States has experienced resurgence. DDT has been outlawed due to safety concerns and as we are presently without an alternative to combat them, we are left to find other methods to deal with bed bugs. Austin pest control professionals have a variety of weapons in their arsenal to win the war. Safety and environmentally friendly in addition to being efficient and efficacious are tantamount in preventing and eradicating bed bugs. One such method is by utilizing specially trained dogs to sniff out bed bug populations. A dog is brought into the compromised living space, is able to quickly, accurately and cost-effectively detect the bed bugs so they can be dealt with accordingly. An expert then can eliminate the bed bugs with an eco-friendly technique called thermal remediation. In this process, heat is used to increase the bed bug infested area to 130 degree Fahrenheit for three hours. This process is safe and equally important; it is proven to be 97% effective in eliminating bed bugs. That is peace of mind for a good night’s rest.

Selecting a pest control technician in Austin

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Archive For: September 2011

Category Name: pest control

Pest control technicians in Austin have to contend with various types of pests that infest the homes and commercial buildings in the area. These pests include the red imported fire ant, black widow spider and scorpions among others.  These pests are common because of the weather of the area which comprises of mainly temperate winters and humid summers which creates a good environment for them.

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Questions to ask a pest control technician in Austin

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Archive For: September 2011

Category Name: pest control

There are several pest control management companies in Austin that provide an effective service when called upon to eradicate pests from both homes and commercial properties in the area. However, every service provided is usually customized to the needs of the individual that it is being offered to so that the pests that have infested their property are eradicated completely.

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How to prevent bed bugs from invading your home

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Archive For: September 2011

Category Name: bed bugs

Bed bugs are increasingly become a nuisance in different homes around the Austin area. This is because they can be easily transported from one home to another in suitcases or even clothes, and are also resistant to many conditions that many pests would not be able to survive in. Bed bugs are also inactive during the day and only come out at night to prey on their victims thus making it hard to spot them.

We have already established that bed bugs can make an easy entry into your home but can be a nightmare to eradicate. It is important to be aware of the sign that indicate that bed bugs have invaded your home. Bed bugs are small insects that have a flat oval body and are reddish brown in color and they leave blood spots as well as dark fecal stains after feeding. You can also find light brown shells that bed bugs shed as they grow. If you see none of these signs in your home then you are still safe and should put up measures to make sure they never invade your home.

Steps to preventing bed bugs in your home

Bed bugs like to hide in warm places that have human contact almost all the time. These places include mattresses, furniture, pillows, carpeting, chairs as well as dressers and should be inspected regularly to prevent an infestation.

Regularly treat your furniture with insecticides to prevent any bed bugs from hiding and breeding there and you can use either insecticide spray or powder or a combination of both for the best results. Also get rid of any old furniture as a preventive measure so that there is no chance of the bed bugs multiplying in case they had already infested the furniture.

Identify, seal and repair any crevices in your home to prevent any bugs from having access into your home. This also goes for the windows which should be repaired as soon as they have a defect so as to prevent any bugs or animals that might have bed bugs on them to enter into the house.

If it is possible cover all the mattresses in the home with plastic paper as one of the most favorite hiding places for bed bugs are mattresses and the plastic covering can also be done on selected chairs as well.

Ultimately, a house that is cleaned regularly and checked for bed bugs is likely to avoid a bed bug infestation for a long time.